Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. As largest city in the country, it is a political, economic, and cultural center of Macedonia, known by its varied architecture and its mix of cultures,It lies on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. The first impression of a visitor to Skopje is invariably the same: it is a new and modern city. It is a trading center for the cotton, tobacco, grains, and livestock produced in the surrounding region. The city also has manufacturing facilities for iron and steel, electrical machinery, chemicals, textiles, carpets, and foods. In Skopje You can find modern hotels above cobblestoned Ottoman streets, stately neoclassical homes right around the corner, chic cafes, shopping malls and brightly-colored new offices, red-bricked Byzantine churches and rounded Turkish mosques.
Places to visit: The Stone Bridge, Skopje Fortess Kale, Old Bazaar Market, the Church of Holy Salvation, The Museum of Macedonia, Mustapha-Pasha Mosque, The Quay of River Vardar, The Monastery of St. Panteleimon, Mother Therese Monument, The National Art Galery...
Ohrid & Struga
Ohrid Lake with the cities of Ohrid and Struga and several fishing villages are pleasant summer resorts. The natural beauties of the lake, the numerous historical monuments, the hospitable people and unusual customs are making an enjoyable unforgettable stay. Since 1980 this Macedonian pearl is under protection of UNESCO.Tourist season on Ohrid Lake is during all year, from spring months till late autumn as well as in winter season. Crystal clear waters of the Lake in the season are used mainly for swimming, but also for various water sports and recreation activities like sport fishing, swimming, water polo and sale. Ohrid is the most important summer resort in Macedonia, real place for relaxing holidays and unforgettable stay for the young generations.
Places to visit: The Fortress, The Antic Theatre, St. Kliment, St. Sofija, St. Jovan Kaneo, The National Museum, The House of the Robevi family, Galery of Icons, Plaosnik.
Struga, the second town on the lake shores, known by its market, the church of St. George and Drim River which swells from the Ohrid Lake and flows into Adriatic. Struga today is a popular summer getaway, interspersed with alleyways and shops where products are still crafted by hand. The town has many churches, the oldest dating from the 12th century, and wood-frame houses characteristic of 18th and 19th century Macedonian architecture. Macedonia’s scuba diving association is also based in Struga. Between the two towns can be found numerous traditional villages set amongst lush wooded hills.
Macedonia’s second city, Bitola is a grand old town that still bears the marks of its turn-of-the-century importance as a center for diplomacy – while also exemplifying the country’s time-honored cafe culture.The many cafes lining the city’s pedestrian main street (the Sirok Sokak) provide endless see-and-be-seen opportunities for Bitola’s fashionable youth. Also the oldest archeological locality from the roman times in Macedonia “Heraclea Lyncestis is just 5 km away from Bitola.
Places to visit: The main street Sirok Sokak, The Old Bazaar, The Clock Tower, The Pelister National Park, the archeological locality Heraclea Lyncestis
Prilep is the third biggest town in Macedonia known by the legendary warrior Krale Marko and his fortress that still witnesses above the town. Also known as the center of the tobacco production in Macedonia, Prilep is a modern town with many famous Macedonian delicious food specialities. Also near the town is the church St. Archangel Mikhail and the monastery of Treskavec and Zrze.
The carnival town located southeast of the country is the most exciting nightlife place in Macedonia, with a lot of attractions to be seen as the waterfalls of Smolare nearby, the monasteries of Vodoca and Veljusa, and many picturesques villages where are the most high quality producers of vegetables as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in the region.